Touch 'Em All: Yankees' Hughes may miss 2 weeks

Righthander Phil Hughes has a bulging disk in his back that will be treated with medication. MATT SLOCUM / AP
Righthander Phil Hughes has a bulging disk in his back that will be treated with medication. MATT SLOCUM / AP
Posted: February 21, 2013

New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes could be sidelined for two weeks because of a bulging disk that will be treated with anti-inflammatory medication.

"I'm convinced I'll be symptom-free in the next four or five days," Hughes said Wednesday. "I felt like I was kind of ahead of the game with my throwing. I threw a bunch of bullpens before I got here, and, thankfully, it's early enough in spring. It's a setback, but I still have a lot of time to get it right."

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said it could be two weeks before Hughes could resume throwing off a mound.

Scary moment

An intrasquad matchup in Jupiter, Fla., between two precocious talents left Giancarlo Stanton dazed and Jose Fernandez shaken.

Stanton was hit in the back of the helmet during a Miami Marlins practice game by a fastball that got away from Fernandez, the team's top pitching prospect. Stanton remained on his feet but left the game and said the beaning affected his eyesight.

"I wasn't dizzy," he said. "I saw a little grayness and fuzziness on the outside of my eyes, but it's subsiding now."

Stanton bruised the back of his neck, and X-rays were planned, but there was no sign of a concussion, manager Mike Redmond said.

Clemens throws BP reported that seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, who's working as a special instructor at spring training this year for the Astros, put on a uniform and got back on the mound Wednesday for the first time in nearly six months, throwing live batting practice to Houston hitters for about 20 minutes in Kissimmee, Fla.

Clemens worked from both the windup and the stretch, and he even discarded the L-screen in front of the mound for his final few pitches. Carlos Pena, Rick Ankiel, Justin Maxwell, J.D. Martinez, and Chris Carter were among the Astros taking their hacks.

When he was done, a clearly tired Clemens was asked if he was getting ready to go back into the rotation.

"I'd rather have a glass of red wine than do that," Clemens said as he wiped sweat from his brow. "That was fun."

Clemens, 50, threw a mix of sliders and fastballs, and he called out the pitches to the hitters. He even barked a few batting tips as he was pitching.

Surgery for skipper

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost had surgery to remove his gall bladder.

Yost attended the Royals' workout Tuesday morning, but missed the initial intrasquad game in the afternoon to have the surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. He was back at Royals camp Wednesday with an ice pack under his jersey.

Garagiola signs off

Joe Garagiola, the ballplayer-turned-announcer who was honored by the Hall of Fame for his on-air work, is ending his broadcast career after nearly six decades.

The 87-year-old Garagiola said Wednesday that he's retiring as a part-time television analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He said goodbye at a 30-minute news conference at the team's spring training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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